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Student problem solving results in tree planting (photo gallery)

Leona Libby Middle School sixth grade students have been working on a project based learning unit “How can we reduce the human footprint?”. The practical end result of their research on Thursday was the planting of new trees near the football field.

“The additional trees will scrub CO2 from the atmosphere,” explain the sixth graders. “The trees will also beautify our Libby campus.”

Benton REA employees were on hand to help the students with the tree planting.

“These sixth graders are learning to solve real world problems, partner with the community, and express their opinions,” says teacher Debbie Ellefson

Other student ideas for reducing the human footprint were: building a greenhouse, establishing a native plants garden, and improving the school’s recycling program.